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Clark - Curry

Clark, Samuel Findlay, B.Sc.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on 17 March, 1909.
Staff Coll., Camberley, 1942; Imp. Defence Coll., London, 1947; m. Blanche Leona, d. Joseph and Mrs. Hamilton Seagram, Barrie, Ont., 18 Sept. 1937; Lieut., Royal Cdn. Corps of Signals, 1933; Assoc. Prof. Elect. and Mech. Engn., R.M.C., Kingston, Ont.; C.O., Lieut.-Col., 5th Canadian Armoured Divn. Signals, 1941; G.S.O. 1, Cdn. Mil. Hdqrs., London, Eng., 1942; Chief Signal Offr., 2nd Cdn. Corps, 1942-45; Depy. Chief, Gen. Staff, Army Hdqrs., Ottawa 1945-47; Cdn. Observer, W. Union Defence Organ., 1948-49; promoted Maj. Gen. 1949, Lieut.-Gen. 1958; after 1948 prior to present appt. was successively Chrmn., Cdn. Jt. Staff, London, and Cdn. mem. N.A.T.O. Military Cmte. and Q.M.G., Ottawa (1951), then G.O.C. Central Command, Oakville, Ont.; Chief of the Gen. Staff, Ottawa 31 Aug. 1958-1 Oct. 1961; Chrmn. of Nat. Capital Comn., Ottawa, 1961-67.
Known awards: CBE,OStJ,CD,ON.3x,LoM.>

Commandeur in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau met de zwaarden
Commander in the Order of Orange-Nassau with swords
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Brigadier, Chief Signal Officer, 2nd Canadian Corps
   Recommendation:

Throughout the campaign in the Netherlands, Brigadier Clark distinguished himself by the outstanding efficiency with which he carried out his duties as Chief Signal Officer of this Corps. His clear appreciation of the many problems involved, his sound planning and his energetic direction of the resources under his control ensured that communications, vital to the successful conduct of the operations in progress, were established and maintained with maximum effectiveness.

   Citation:

Wegens de uitstekende diensten, door genoemde officieren aan het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden bewezen, bij de voorbereiding en uitvoering van de operaties der Canadeesche strijdkrachten ter bevrijding van het grondgebied in EUROPA in de periode van September 1944 tot Mei 1945.

Source: Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945

Clark, Wilfred Duncan (William Douglas?)

Known awards: BK

Bronzen Kruis
Bronze Cross
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Regimental Sergeant-Major (H45623), 2nd Canadian Corps, 4th Canadian Armoured Division, 4th Canadian Armoured Brigade, Lake Superior Regiment
   Recommendation:

Regimental Sergeant Major Clark was Regimental Sergeant Major of the Lake Superior Regiment (Motor) during the entire Netherlands campaign. In this capacity, he was responsible for transporting supplies from the supply echelon to the fighting (...) On the different occasions the unit outran supply facilities and it was found necessary to “fight” the ammunition in to the companies. Regimental Sergeant Major Clark organized his Battle echelon into combat groups and without exception got them trough successfully. On the occasion of the capture of FORT CREVECOUR 8 December 1944, on the SOUTH bank of the MAAS, it was necessary to establish three supply columns immediately the Fort fell. The operation was successful and the garrison had supplies within 5 hours. Regimental Sergeant Major Clark organised the equipment necessary and personally guided the first storm boat trip through a hail of mortar and medium machine gun fire to the Fort itself. This example of cool courage and tenacity in the execution of his office earned for him the highest respect of all those under his command. At no time in the history of the Netherlands campaign was the Lake Superior Regiment (Motor) without adequate supplies, due solely to the untiring efforts of Regimental Sergeant Major Clark.

   Citation:

Tijdens de gevechten ter bevrijding van het bezette Nederlandsche grondgebied moedig en beleidvol optreden getoond tegenover den vijand en een bijzondere plichtsbetrachting aan den dag gelegd.

Source: Meijer (1990), p. 246 ; Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945

Clarke, Dean Montague

Known awards: KV

Kruis van Verdienste
Cross of Merit
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Acting Staff Sergeant (H24158), Royal Canadian Artillery
   Recommendation:

Sergeant (Acting Staff-Sergeant) Dean Montague Clarke has served in the capacity of Regimental Orderly Room Clerk with the Regimental Headquarters of the 1st Field Regiment (Royal Canadian Horse Artillery) since its arrival in the Northwest Europe theatre of operations. His work at all times demanded long and tedious hours but even under the most stressing of circumstances his continued cheerfulness and energetic willingness inspired the greatest confidence in his senior officers and enabled them to be free to take a more active part in the many regimental duties outside of the regimental office. During the preparations for the crossing of the Ijssel River and again during the battle for Apeldoorn, his knowledge and ability in the handling of fire plans largely contributed to the successful participation of the regiment on both occasions. He has been of outstanding service to his regiment.

   Citation:

Tijdens de gevechten ter bevrijding van het bezette Nederlandsche grondgebied zich onderscheiden in verband met de vijandelijke actie door moedig en beleidvol optreden.

Source: Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945

Clarke, William

Known awards: BK

Bronzen Kruis
Bronze Cross
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Sergeant (D72027), 2nd Canadian Corps, 2nd Canadian Infantry Division, 5th Canadian Infantry Brigade, Royal Highlanders of Canada (Black Watch)
   Recommendation:

Sergeant Clarke was acting as a rifle platoon commander during the attack on GRONINGEN on the 15th of April 1945. At the approaches to the town his company was held up by destroyed bridges across the many canals which were covered by enemy fire directed from strategically located strong points. In order to maintain the battalion attack it was absolutely essential that some sort of bridge be improvised at ones and the enemy cleared from the area.
Realizing the need for speed Sergeant Clarke immediately placed his men in suitable positions to engage the enemy while he personally conducted a search for bridging materials. Exposed to continuous sniping and enemy mortar fire, without regard to his own safety, he quickly located necessary barges and other materials and directed the building of the bridge. Then he organized his platoon to cross the canal and silence the enemy position.
Later, in the close house-to-house fighting in GRONINGEN, Sergeant Clarke displayed great coolness and ability as he led his men. He set a very high example of personal bravery by remaining exposed to enemy fire completely disregarding his own personal safety, in order to indicate danger points to his platoon and spare his men.
When the town had been finally cleared of enemy, his company was ordered to clear the northern approaches of the town to which the enemy had withdrawn. Once again the enemy had blown the canal bridge and was covering them with machine guns and snipers from a cluster of houses on the opposite bank.
Sergeant Clarke again played a leading part in effecting the initial crossing under fire, by means of the two Dutch barges. He led his platoon into the foremost group of houses in the face of heavy small arms fire, captured twenty-one prisoners, and, though alighting wounded, held the position until the enemy resistance was completely broken.
Throughout the entire battle of GRONINGEN, Sergeant Clarke led his men with coolness and bravery of the highest order.

   Citation:

Tijdens de gevechten ter bevrijding van het bezette Nederlandsche grondgebied moedig en beleidvol optreden getoond tegenover den vijand en een bijzondere plichtsbetrachting aan den dag gelegd.

Source: Meijer (1990), p. 246 ; Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945

Clarry, John Hamilton Cameron

Born in Calgary, Alberta in 1919.
1938-40, commnd. Royal Cdn. Army Service Corps 1940, served overseas 1940-43, 1944-46; attended and instructed Cdn. War Staff Course 1943-44, D.A.Q.M.G. First Cdn. Army 1944.
Known awards: CQ,MBE,ED,CD,ON.4x

Officier in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau met de zwaarden
Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau with swords
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Major, Royal Canadian Army Service Corps
   Citation:

Wegens de uitstekende diensten, door genoemde officieren aan het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden bewezen, bij de voorbereiding en uitvoering van de operaties der Canadeesche strijdkrachten ter bevrijding van het grondgebied in EUROPA in de periode van September 1944 tot Mei 1945.

Source: Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945

Cochran, Francis Eric

Known awards: ON.5x

Ridder in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau met de zwaarden
Knight in the Order Orange-Nassau with swords
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Captain, Royal Canadian Army Service Corps
   Citation:

Wegens de uitstekende diensten, door genoemde officieren aan het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden bewezen, bij de voorbereiding en uitvoering van de operaties der Canadeesche strijdkrachten ter bevrijding van het grondgebied in EUROPA in de periode van September 1944 tot Mei 1945.

Source: Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945

Conochie, William Charles

Known awards: ON.4x

Officier in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau met de zwaarden
Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau with swords
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Acting Major, Royal Canadian Army Service Corps
   Citation:

Wegens de uitstekende diensten, door genoemde officieren aan het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden bewezen, bij de voorbereiding en uitvoering van de operaties der Canadeesche strijdkrachten ter bevrijding van het grondgebied in EUROPA in de periode van September 1944 tot Mei 1945.

Source: Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945

Coombe, Edwin George

Known awards: ON.5x

Ridder in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau met de zwaarden
Knight in the Order Orange-Nassau with swords
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Captain, Royal Canadian Corps of Signals
   Citation:

Wegens de uitstekende diensten, door genoemde officieren aan het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden bewezen, bij de voorbereiding en uitvoering van de operaties der Canadeesche strijdkrachten ter bevrijding van het grondgebied in EUROPA in de periode van September 1944 tot Mei 1945.

Source: Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945

Cooper, Norman

Known awards: OBE,ON.4x

Officier in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau met de zwaarden
Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau with swords
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Major (Acting Lieutenant Colonel), Assistant Provost Marshall 2 Canadian Corps
   Recommendation:

During the operations which led to the liberation of the Netherlands, Major Cooper carried out all his duties as Assistant Provost Marshall 2 Canadian Corps with outstanding ability and energy. By his accurate anticipation of difficulties, careful forward planning and constant supervision and coordination of the work of the Provost companies within the Corps he contributed directly to the speed of the advance and the successes achieved.

   Citation:

Wegens de uitstekende diensten, door genoemde officieren aan het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden bewezen, bij de voorbereiding en uitvoering van de operaties der Canadeesche strijdkrachten ter bevrijding van het grondgebied in EUROPA in de periode van September 1944 tot Mei 1945.

Source: Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945

Cooper, Percy Stewart

Known awards: OBE,ON.4x

Officier in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau met de zwaarden
Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau with swords
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Lieutenant Colonel
   Citation:

Wegens de uitstekende diensten, door genoemde officieren aan het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden bewezen, bij de voorbereiding en uitvoering van de operaties der Canadeesche strijdkrachten ter bevrijding van het grondgebied in EUROPA in de periode van September 1944 tot Mei 1945.

Source: Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945

Copeland, William Reginald

Known awards: BL

Bronzen Leeuw
Bronze Lion
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Corporal (B38270), Canadian Infantry Corps
   Citation:

Tijdens de gevechten ter bevrijding van het bezette Nederlandsche grondgebied zich onderscheiden door het bedrijven van bijzonder moedige en beleidvolle daden. In alle opzichten een loffelijk voorbeeld gegeven onder moeilijke omstandigheden.

Source: Meijer (1990), p. 221 ; Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945

Corkum, Donald Ashley

Known awards: BK

Bronzen Kruis
Bronze Cross
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Sergeant (F34897), 1st Canadian Corps, 5th Canadian Armoured Division, 11th Canadian Infantry Brigade, 11th Canadian Independent machine gun company
   Recommendation:

Throughout operations in the NETHERLANDS Sergeant CORKUM was in command of a medium machine gun platoon of the Princess Louise Fusiliers. In that capacity he displayed outstanding leadership and ability, particularly in the operation at ARNHEM, OTTERLOO and DELFZIJL when his machine guns delivered devastating fire on the enemy at crucial stages of the battle. During the whole period of operations, despite adverse battle conditions, Sergeant CORKUM command his men in such a manner as to gain and hold their complete confidence and respect. Performing these duties as a non commissioned officer he discharged his responsibilities in a manner befitting an officer of commissioned rank.

   Citation:

Tijdens de gevechten ter bevrijding van het bezette Nederlandsche grondgebied moedig en beleidvol optreden getoond tegenover den vijand en een bijzondere plichtsbetrachting aan den dag gelegd.

Source: Meijer (1990), p. 246 (lists name as Corkhum) ; Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945

Cormack, Eric Wyld

Known awards: OBE,ED,ON.4x

Officier in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau met de zwaarden
Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau with swords
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Lieutenant Colonel, Royal Canadian Artillery, Commanding Officer of the No. 8 Canadian Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment
   Recommendation:

Lieutenant-Colonel Cormack commanded the 8 Canadian Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment throughout the campaign in the Netherlands with great skill and distinction. He and his unit have consistently carried out all tasks which they have been assigned in such a manner as to win the confidence and admiration of the division. Their work during operations under the able leadership and Lieutenant-Colonel Cormack has been outstanding both in their role as an Anti-Aircraft Regiment and in assisting in road construction and protecting the lines of communication. It has been the personal example of this officer's initiative, drive and leadership which has inspired his regiment. From November 1944 to January 1945 Lieutenant-Colonel Cormack organized and was personally responsible for the air defence of the general areas of Breda, Tilburg and s'Hertogenbosch. He was also Garrison Commander of Tilburg and worked tirelessly to organize the defence when the enemy threatened to cross the Maas River in December 1944. Throughout, Lieutenant-Colonel Cormack's continual enthusiasm and unfailing devotion to duty have contributed greatly to the standard of efficiency reached by his unit thereby assisting materially in the successful conclusion of the war and the liberation of the Netherlands.

   Citation:

Wegens de uitstekende diensten, door genoemde officieren aan het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden bewezen, bij de voorbereiding en uitvoering van de operaties der Canadeesche strijdkrachten ter bevrijding van het grondgebied in EUROPA in de periode van September 1944 tot Mei 1945.

Source: Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945

Corsan, Kenneth Stuart D.

Known awards: BK

Bronzen Kruis
Bronze Cross
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Captain, Canadian Scottish Regiment
   Citation:

Tijdens de gevechten ter bevrijding van het bezette Nederlandsche grondgebied moedig en beleidvol optreden getoond tegenover den vijand en een bijzondere plichtsbetrachting aan den dag gelegd.

Source: Meijer (1990), p. 246 ; Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945

Counsell, Jim Ronald O'Dell

Known awards: DSO,BL

Bronzen Leeuw
Bronze Lion
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Lieutenant-Colonel, Canadian Infantry Corps
   Citation:

Tijdens de gevechten ter bevrijding van het bezette Nederlandsche grondgebied zich onderscheiden door het bedrijven van bijzonder moedige en beleidvolle daden. In alle opzichten een loffelijk voorbeeld gegeven onder moeilijke omstandigheden.

Source: Meijer (1990), p. 230 (gives name as O'Dell Counsell, J.R.) ; Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945

Cousins, John Michael (Cousin?)

Known awards: BK

Bronzen Kruis
Bronze Cross
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Major, Royal Canadian Artillery
   Citation:

Tijdens de gevechten ter bevrijding van het bezette Nederlandsche grondgebied moedig en beleidvol optreden getoond tegenover den vijand en een bijzondere plichtsbetrachting aan den dag gelegd.

Source: Meijer (1990), p. 246 ; Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945

Cousins, Waldo James

Known awards: BL

Bronzen Leeuw
Bronze Lion
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Private (F59685), Canadian Infantry Corps
   Citation:

Tijdens de gevechten ter bevrijding van het bezette Nederlandsche grondgebied zich onderscheiden door het bedrijven van bijzonder moedige en beleidvolle daden. In alle opzichten een loffelijk voorbeeld gegeven onder moeilijke omstandigheden.

Source: Meijer (1990), p. 221 ; Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945

Cowan, Rex

Known awards: KV

Kruis van Verdienste
Cross of Merit
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Sergeant (M63021), Royal Canadian Army Service Corps
   Citation:

Tijdens de gevechten ter bevrijding van het bezette Nederlandsche grondgebied zich onderscheiden in verband met de vijandelijke actie door moedig en beleidvol optreden.

Source: Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945

Cox, Graydon Otto

Known awards: ON.5x

Ridder in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau met de zwaarden
Knight in the Order Orange-Nassau with swords
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Honorary Captain, Canadian Chaplain Service
   Citation:

Wegens de uitstekende diensten, door genoemde officieren aan het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden bewezen, bij de voorbereiding en uitvoering van de operaties der Canadeesche strijdkrachten ter bevrijding van het grondgebied in EUROPA in de periode van September 1944 tot Mei 1945.

Source: Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945

Craig, John Archibald Douglas

Born in Montreal, Quebec, on 30 November, 1907.
Known awards: MBE,ED,MID,ON.4x

Officier in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau met de zwaarden
Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau with swords
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Lieutenant Colonel, 3rd Canadian Infantry Division, Canadian Infantry Corps
   Recommendation:

During operations in the Netherlands, Lieutenant-Colonel Craig served in responsible staff appointments at Headquarters 3 Canadian Infantry Division and Headquarters First Canadian Army with outstanding ability and energy.
His sound judgement, aggressiveness and ability to work long hours accurately and rapidly was of considerable assistance during the planning phase and subsequently during the operations when in progress. His personal drive and efficiency contributed to the smooth and effective functioning of both headquarters and to the ultimate success of those operations which led to the liberation of the Netherlands.

   Citation:

Wegens de uitstekende diensten, door genoemde officieren aan het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden bewezen, bij de voorbereiding en uitvoering van de operaties der Canadeesche strijdkrachten ter bevrijding van het grondgebied in EUROPA in de periode van September 1944 tot Mei 1945.

Source: Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945

Craigen, Thomas

Known awards: BL

Bronzen Leeuw
Bronze Lion
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Corporal (B41077), Canadian Infantry Corps
   Citation:

Tijdens de gevechten ter bevrijding van het bezette Nederlandsche grondgebied zich onderscheiden door het bedrijven van bijzonder moedige en beleidvolle daden. In alle opzichten een loffelijk voorbeeld gegeven onder moeilijke omstandigheden.

Source: Meijer (1990), p. 221 ; Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945

Cranston, Frederick William

Known awards: ON.4x

Officier in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau met de zwaarden
Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau with swords
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Lieutenant Colonel, Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
   Citation:

Wegens de uitstekende diensten, door genoemde officieren aan het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden bewezen, bij de voorbereiding en uitvoering van de operaties der Canadeesche strijdkrachten ter bevrijding van het grondgebied in EUROPA in de periode van September 1944 tot Mei 1945.

Source: Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945

Creek, Herbert

Known awards: BL

Bronzen Leeuw
Bronze Lion
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Corporal (H26711), Royal Canadian Armoured Corps
   Citation:

Tijdens de gevechten ter bevrijding van het bezette Nederlandsche grondgebied zich onderscheiden door het bedrijven van bijzonder moedige en beleidvolle daden. In alle opzichten een loffelijk voorbeeld gegeven onder moeilijke omstandigheden.

Source: Meijer (1990), p. 222 ; Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945

Crerar, Henry Duncan Graham, Hon.DSc.Mil.,Hon.DCL,Hon.LLD

Born in Hamilton, Ontario, on 28 April, 1888. Died in Ottawa, Ontario, on 1 April, 1965.
Lieut, 4th Fd Batt. CA, 1910; Captain, 3rd Brigade CFA, CEF, 1914; Major and OC, 11th Batt. CFA, CEF, 1916; Brigade Major, 5th Can. Div. Artillery, 1917; Lt­Colonel and Counter Battery Staff Officer, Canadian Corps, 1918; Staff Officer, Artillery, Dept of National Defence, 1920; General Staff Officer (2), War Office, 1925; Prof. of Tactics, RMC, Kingston, 1927; General Staff Officer (1), Dept of National Defence, 1929-1935; Technical Adviser Disarmament Conference, Geneva, 1932; Imperial Conference, London, 1937; Dir of Mil. Operations and Intelligence, Dept of National Defence, 1935-1938; Comdt, Royal Military Coll., Kingston, 1938-1939; Senior Officer, Canadian Military Headquarters, London, 1939-1940; Chief of General Staff, Canada, 1940-1941; GOC 2nd Canadian Division Overseas, 1941; Commander I Canadian Corps, 1942-1944; commanded I Canadian Corps, Mediterranean Area, 1943-1944; commanded First Canadian Army, 1944-1945; retired, 1946. ADC General to King George VI, 1948-1952, to Queen Elizabeth II, 1952.
Known awards: CH,CB,DSO,S14*,BWM,VM+MID,ON.1x

Ridder Grootkruis in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau met de zwaarden
Knight Grand Cross in the Order of Orange-Nassau with swords
   ?
   General, commanding officer First Canadian Army

Source: Canada Gazette of 28 July, 1945

Crofton, Desmond Gerald

Known awards: ED,BL

Bronzen Leeuw
Bronze Lion
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Lieutenant Colonel, The Canadian Scottish Regiment
   Citation:

Tijdens de gevechten ter bevrijding van het bezette Nederlandsche grondgebied zich onderscheiden door het bedrijven van bijzonder moedige en beleidvolle daden. In alle opzichten een loffelijk voorbeeld gegeven onder moeilijke omstandigheden.

Source: Meijer (1990), p. 222 ; Canada Gazette of 22 December, 1945

Curry, Raymond (R.R.?)

Known awards: BL

Bronzen Leeuw
Bronze Lion
   Royal Decree no. 2 of 8 December, 1945
   Corporal (B79105), Canadian Infantry Corps
   Citation:

Tijdens de gevechten ter bevrijding van het bezette Nederlandsche grondgebied zich onderscheiden door het bedrijven van bijzonder moedige en beleidvolle daden. In alle opzichten een loffelijk voorbeeld gegeven onder moeilijke omstandigheden.

Source: Meijer (1990), p. 222